Feb. 24, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI - Lamar University will look to post its second straight team title when the Lady Cardinal golf team competes at the 2013 Islander Classic starting Monday Morning at Corpus Christi Country Club.
The Lady Cardinals won the Le Triomphe Collegiate Invitational hosted by McNeese State last week as sophomore Nghi Ngo won her first individual crown. Lamar Senior Julie Aime was runner-up to Ngo last week and freshman Taylor Stockton placed fourth.
Lamar will be one of 14 teams competing this week in the 54-hole event that will be played on the par-72, 6,093-yard layout. The first two rounds will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Monday. Tuesday's final round will also be an 8:30 shotgun start.
In addition to Lamar and host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, four other Southland Conference teams will be competing. Central Arkansas, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin will all be playing. Bradley, Houston Baptist, McLennan Community College, Missouri State, North Texas, Oklahoma City University, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Texas-Pan American round out the field.
Lamar finished second in last year's event as Aime tied for eighth place. The Lady Cardinals won the event in 2008 as Therese Nilsson defeated Lamar teammate Channing Norton on the first playoff hole to give the Lady Cardinals the top two finishers.
Aime, Ngo and Stockton will be joined by juniors Lauren Van Gerven and Katelyn McDougal this week. Freshman Stina Resen will be playing as an individual and her scores will not count toward Lamar's team total.
Following her runner-up finish last week, Aime leads Lamar with a 74.3 strokes per round scoring average. A two-time All-Southland Conference performer and a three-time individual champion, Aime carded rounds of 73-80-74 at last year's Islander Classic.
Ngo has five top 10 finishes this year and is sporting a 75.0 scoring average. Stockton, McDougal and Van Gerven are all within a half stroke of each other this year with Stockton averaging 78.3 strokes per round. McDougal is at 78.4 and Van Gerven is at 78.7.
McDougal and Ngo tied for 13th at last year's Islander Classic, while Van Gerven tied for 43rd. Stockton and Resen will be playing in the event for the first time.